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Important notice on behaviour

- 11th Jul 2018

Alongside all the super positive news stories coming out of Stockport Harriers on a regular basis, we are sorry to report that a number of newspaper articles featuring a small number of Junior athletes on display in the clubhouse have been wilfully defaced.

Following this discovery, the Welfare Secretaries, on behalf of the entire committee, would like to appeal to all users of the club house, members, and non-members alike, that they behave sportingly at all times, and do not resort to this kind of ill treatment of their fellow athletes.

These are just kids, and they don’t deserve to be treated like this for any reason, especially not for doing well. We should all be proud of them!

They should be able to expect to feel safe and supported, not hated.

This incident could have a huge effect on their self-esteem and desire to be part of the club.

We have probably all read the stats on the drop off rate among teens in athletics, so shouldn’t we be giving our talented teenage athletes as much positive reinforcement as we can to encourage them to stay?

Unsporting behaviour has no place at Stockport Harriers.

If you know anything about these incidents or have other welfare issues you would like help with, please contact Jen and Rachel your Welfare Officers.

You all follow Stockport Harriers, and we should all support and encourage one another each other in the name of sport regardless of our coaching group, parkrun time, or how many marathons we have run.

Let’s celebrate Team Stockport rather than bring our team mates down and our club into disrepute.

Hammer Cage Risk Assessment

- 19th Jun 2018

The link below is the risk assessment carried out by SHAC to allow the cage at the stadium to be opened up again for use in training and competition. Whilst many of you may not use the cage, the risk assessment has implications for ALL who use the track and I therefore require you to make yourself (and your children if applicable) fully aware of the contents of the risk assessment, identifying those areas that affect you.

All of the steps that are in this risk assessment have been considered at length and advice has been sort externally. It is essential that ALL athletes comply for their own safety and the safety of other users of the stadium.

This document is a "live" document and will be revised as is necessary, based upon any further incidents nationally and any full review that is to be conducted over the summer by UKA.

I thank you in advance for your co-operation in ensuring we continue to have a safe training environment at Stockport Harriers, where all can train and benefit from the great facilities that we have.

Membership renewal update

22nd Apr 2018

The BACS payment facility is now available for your membership payments (account: 19342879, sort code: 830425).

The forms on the website have been updated with the BACS details.

Many thanks for your patience.

BACS is now the preferred payment method as this saves much time and effort for the committee.

Additionally, the committee have agreed that all non-running members (social/volunteers/non-running coaches) should not pay a club membership fee. There is therefore now a FREE club membership category. If you have already paid and you feel you should have had a free membership please get in touch.

Also, many thanks to those who have completed their form and payment already. We are close to 200 paid members in the first 3 weeks. Great progress!

Stockport Harriers’ Kit

21st Apr 2018

Please note that the catalogue is in the process of being updated.

If you require further information regarding kit please email stockportharrierskit [at] gmail [dot] com.

Or keep an eye on Facebook for the times Kit Volunteers are at the Clubhouse

National Road Relays

- 15th Apr 2018

Congratulations to Liz Apsley, Elle Baker, Ruth Sinclair, Imogen Nutter, Jen Hulley and Lou Geldart, the Stockport Harriers' senior women's road relay team who competed in the National Road Relays at Sutton Park last Saturday.

The team finished a very commendable 26th out of the 48 teams who competed. Elle Baker ran the second fastest short leg overall in the race, only 22 seconds behind the first female. Well done everyone.

Unfortunately we didn't have a men's team competing at the nationals this year and in addition we don't have any women or men's teams competing at the British Masters' Road Relay Championships at Sutton Park on the 28th April.

If you are interested in competing for the club at either of these national road relays next year can you please give your details to your coach and we will organise the teams.

Winter Race Series Update

- 2nd Apr 2018

All 16 races in the winter races have now been completed. Unfortunately the last race in the series, Trafford 10k was cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

In the men's race, there were only 10 points between the first and second placings and only six points between the second and third placings. So, congratulations to Iain Murdoch on being the first male winner in the SHAC Winter Races Series with 95 points. Biting at Iain's heels was Steve Shaughnessy with 85 points and just behind Steve was Phil Burns with 79 points.

Well done, Iain, Steve and Phil. Look out for the high security van which will be delivering your cash prize very shortly. In the women's race, Sue Garonne was a very commendable third place with 75 points. Just in front in second place was Rebecca Brimage with 82 points, but in the lead with 105 points was Alexis Dinsmor.

Well done everyone. Hope you all enjoy the Summer Race Series and we'll be back with another Winter Race Series in October.

Coaching on the right track at Woodbank

- 7th Mar 2018
All’s coming right for coaching at Woodbank Park

Anna Silvander and Andy Heyes both won national indoor titles

All’s coming right for coaching at Woodbank Park now that the new facilities are open and none more so than the senior pair of Anna Silvander and Andy Heyes both of which belong to the locally based New Balance residential training system for international and aspiring athletes which often encompasses the track and field facilities along with the surrounding park area when the rains ease off a bit.

Anna Silvander, a new Stockport Harrier member added international spice to the proceedings by participating in the Swedish national championships in Gavle and was sparkling with delight in taking the senior indoor national title in the 1500 metres event whilst her locally coached colleague Andy Heyes, who is a first claim club member for Hallamshire and second claim for the local club, took the honours in the Spar British athletics indoor championships.

Those honours consisted of the gold championship medal in the men’s 3 kilometres which took fifteen laps of the indoor circuit to grind down the opposition and to stop the clock in a new personal best time of 7:54:81 to second placed Philip Seseman of Blackheath’s time of 7:55:71 and both Silvander and Heyes are being coached to the highest level under the tutelage and guidance of Stockport international and former English cross country champion Steve Vernon.

Coaching is also going great guns for Stockport’s Rio paralympic bronze medallist Andy Small who is in the T33 wheelchair classification for sprints and particularly over his specialist distance of 100 metres.

He’s upping his training regime and is off to the Middle East along with his coach Rick Hoskins to participate in both the IPC Grand Prix meeting in Dubai and will be immediately following this up with a tilt at similar distances in the nearby Sharjah open athletics event.

This will set him up nicely for other major events to follow being the IPC Swiss national games at Notwill, near Lucerne in May and the main season’s target being the IPC European championships which will be taking place in Berlin during August.

The ‘Crazy Legs’ organised Stockport trail half marathon saw over 400 intrepid competitors taking off from Rose Hill, Marple for some hard and fast racing along the Middlewood way with first back to the finish (1:18:30) for the 13+ mile course being Nicholas Barber of Hallamshire who denied local runner Stephen Crook of Stockport Harriers by just 24 seconds to finish second in 1:18:54 and for the ladies it was a fantastic win for Caitlin Rice of Ribble valley Harriers who crossed the finish line in a scintillating time of 1:29:51 for which many of her male counterparts would have been happy to settle for.

First Stockport lady to complete the course was Michela Stepto in 107th place in a fine time of 1:46:35 whilst the second and third men to finish for Stockport Harriers were Tony Potts, 8th in 1:23:19 and crossing the line in 1:27:53 for an overall position of 19th was Nathan Mayo.

Stockport Harriers Race Series 2018

- 9th Jan 2018

The 2018 race series has been announced on Stockport Harriers Facebook and updates on the website and noticeboard will follow.

The organiser, Tony Park states:

"This year we continue the tradition of having a blend of fell races, trail races and road races both short and long. We have added some old favourites such as the Boars Head and Buxworth 5...kept some traditional races which everyone seems to enjoy such as Offerton 10k, Charlesworth 5k, Bramhall Foodbank and Whaley Waltz...and added a few new races to keep things interesting like the Rivington Pike Fell (ouch!), the beautiful Yarrow River Bluebell Trail (stunning scenery), the re-established Kettleshulme Fell Race and the Leek Half Marathon.

The Race Series will also include the Helen Fraser Memorial Club Handicap. We have moved this to the summer on a Tuesday evening so as many people as possible can participate.

The Race Series will also have a best of five ParkRun event...this year at Hyde.

Finally, the Race Series starts with the Trafford 10k followed by the Poynton 10k...both these races are almost full so please book asap to confirm your place.

I will add all last years runners to the Race Series automatically. If any additional club runners would like to participate, then please let Tony know directly with your Run Britain ranking. The helps to place you in an appropriate division.

It is free to participate, you just have to be a member of SHAC and run in 8 races to many runners have already discovered, it's a great way to meet other club members and there is that famous mug to collect at the end."

If anyone has any questions then please get in touch with tonyparkconsulting [at] gmail [dot] com